THE Davao City Water District (DCWD) will officially open its Adopt-a-Site project in Mt. Tipolog-Tamugan Watershed, as it signed an agreement with the Obu Manuvu tribe of Davao City on September 13.
Signatories were DCWD general manager Edwin V. Regalado, vice chairman Lipatuan Joel Unad, Bae Nerza Savera of the Obu Manuvu Unified Ancestral Domain Tribal Council of Elders/Leaders Inc.; National Commission on Indigenous Peoples-Davao Director Geroncio R. Aguio, and Tambobong barangay captain Felicidad M. Helicame.
Regalado said the newly-signed agreement is an addendum to a memorandum of agreement dated May 26, 2011 for DCWD's rehabilitation of 316 hectares within the Obu Manuvu Ancestral Domain in Mt. Tipolog-Tamugan Watershed.
"Of the first 316 hectares assigned under DCWD's care, we have already rehabilitated 108 hectares and maintained around 10 hectares for the livelihood of the Obu Manuvu people's organizations, our exclusive project partner," he said.
Meanwhile, the addendum allocates another 50 hectares in Sitios Suhod and Danga in Barangay Tambobong, allowing DCWD to open its Adopt-a-Site project in Mt. Tipolog-Tamugan Watershed.
The Adopt-a-Site, which enables various sectors to donate a counterpart share for the planting and maintenance of trees and other rehabilitation activities for a minimum period of five years, has been instrumental in the successful rehabilitation of 1,000 hectares in Mt. Talomo-Lipadas Watershed, another project site of DCWD's watershed rehabilitation program.
DCWD, together with the signatory parties, is finalizing the guidelines for the Adopt-a-Site project in Mt. Tipolog-Tamugan Watershed. (Jamae G. Dela Cruz/DCWD)